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November 10, 2015

HDS pushes all-flash strategy with F Series all-flash arrays

News: New flash portfolio focuses on cost & performance.

By Ellie Burns

Designed to ease the transition to an all-flash infrastructure, Hitachi Data Systems has introduced a new and expanded line-up of all-flash and hybrid flash arrays.

The new additions to Hitachi’s flash portfolio include the all-flash Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) F Series, enhanced models of the Hitachi VSP G series, next-gen Hitachi flash modules with inline data compression (FMD DC2) and enhanced Hitachi Automation Director and Data Center Analytics tools.

Claiming to be the industry’s most resilient all-flash array, the VSP F series combines all-flash storage, built-in automation software and Hitachi VSP technology. Included in the family is the VSP F400, F600 and F800, all of which offer 1.4M IOPS and < 1ms latency even at maximum scale.

Providing a 100% data availability guarantee, the F series ranges in effective storage capacity from 12.8TB up to 448TB and offers optional synchronous and asynchronous replication for complete data protection.

The VSP F series leverages the new FMD DC2 (flash modules) to provide inline, a feature which has also been extended to the enhanced VSP G series. The VSP G series now boasts improved response times, effective flash capacity and return on investment.

The FMD DC2 has been designed with a parallelised architecture that delivers up to five times more write IOPS and three times more read IOPS than standard solid state drives (SSDs).

It also includes robust multi-queuing technology that allows IO to be prioritised over background operations for superior low latency, even under heavy load.

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Hitachi has complemented the flash products with the introduction of new and enhanced software.

The Hitachi Automation Director Software allows users to self-service provision flash storage to speed application deployment, while the new Hitachi Data Center Analytics enables users to strategically position their flash investments across multi-vendor hardware environments. Monitoring and analysis at scale helps resolve performance issues and enable capacity planning.

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